In order to perfectly align your teeth, your orthodontist may refer you to Red Hills Oral & Facial Surgery for treatment. There are multiple procedures that may be utilized to insure that your smile and bite are ideal. All procedures are done in an office setting with short recovery times. Whether you have an impacted tooth, or are interested in shortening your time in braces, Red Hills Oral & Facial Surgery has the expertise to assist you and your orthodontist. Read more below for details regarding several commonly performed procedures.
What is an impacted tooth?
An impacted tooth simply means that the tooth is "stuck" and cannot erupt into the dental arches. Wisdom teeth are the most commonly impacted tooth, followed by the canines or eyeteeth.
Why do I need my canines?
The canines, or eyeteeth, are the cornerstones of the mouth, helping to guide the remainder of the other teeth when biting. Canines have long roots that can sustain heavier biting forces. Without the canines, significant tooth wear or unnecessary loss of other teeth can occur. For these reasons, it is important that the canines are well positioned in the mouth.
What is an expose and bond?
An expose and bond is a straightforward surgical procedure performed in-office to assist an impacted tooth to erupt into the mouth. The procedure involves exposing the impacted tooth and bonding a small bracket to the tooth. Shortly after the procedure, your orthodontist will attach your braces to the newly exposed tooth to help it erupt into the mouth. The canine is the most frequently treated tooth with an expose and bond procedure. In general, any tooth that is impacted may need to undergo an expose and bond procedure to bring it into the mouth properly.
Temporary anchorage device
Temporary anchorage device
What is a Temporary Anchorage Device?
Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADS) are small titanium screws or plates that are used for a short time during orthodontic treatment. TADS are placed to assist the orthodontist in moving the teeth. Using TADS allows the orthodontist to apply special forces to the teeth to help straighten your bite and smile.
Rapid Orthodontics, or Periodontally Accelerated Osteogenic Orthodontics (PAOO), is a combination of orthodontics and a surgical procedure that allows significantly reduced treatment time for adults in braces. PAOO allows non-growing patients to be treated two to three times faster compared to traditional braces.
How does PAOO work?
Dr. Walther performs an office based procedure near the beginning of your orthodontic treatment. A specially designed incision is placed in the gums and jaw along with a bone grafting material. After the procedure is complete and the body is healing, your orthodontist starts moving the teeth. The procedure performed on the jaw allows the teeth to straighten rapidly compared to traditional braces.
Who can have PAOO?
Almost any adult can undergo the PAOO procedure. There are certain types of dental crowding and bites that will respond better to PAOO. Your orthodontist and Dr. Walther will coordinate your care to help you complete your orthodontic treatment as rapidly as possible.